United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance (USVAA) is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts organization composed of a diverse group of dynamic, extraordinarily talented military veterans and artists located across the United States.
Founded in 2004, USVAA seeks to open doors for military veterans to work and thrive in America’s creative economy by providing opportunities in the arts, humanities and entertainment industry. With a solid track record of programming excellence in place, USVAA works tirelessly with veterans, artists, supportive individuals and organizations within the arts and veterans’ communities to find funding and support for individual and collaborative projects in photography, literature, theater, film, television, fine arts and a wide variety of crafts.
In addition to our work with veterans and artists, we strive first and foremost to highlight the talents of military veterans and the history of veterans who have made significant contributions to the arts and humanities since the Revolutionary War. To date we have compiled biographical information on the over 550 military veterans who have made noted contributions to the arts and humanities since the founding of the United States.
As spokespersons in the veteran’s community and in our endeavors as artists, we work diligently to highlight issues of concern to veterans and their families. These issues include the transition from military to civilian life, education, employment, the effects of wartime and military service injuries such as PTSD, TBI and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and homelessness among veterans.
For more information about our work please visit our ABOUT PAGE.
My First Episode: A Conversation with Jalysa Conway and Kevin McKidd
Wednesday, February 7th
Screening at 7:30
Conversation begins at 8:15
For a TV writer, there’s nothing more exciting than writing your first episode and seeing it air on television. Or, in the case of this special event, in front of a live audience of fellow writers.
Co-hosted by the Writers Guild Foundation and United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance, Grey’s Anatomy staff writer and WGF Veterans Writing Project alumnus Jalysa Conway will screen her Season 14 episode and share her process for crafting it with one of the show’s stars and a central character in the episode, Kevin McKidd. With part of the episode set in 2007 Baghdad during the Iraq War, hear how Jalysa’s own military experience informed the story, and how McKidd brought the words to life.
To buy tickets please follow THIS LINK
Thank you Kevin McKidd and The Writers Guild Foundation for making this great event such a success.
USVAA Colleague Featured in Department of Defense annual FUTURES magazine
Congratulations to USVAA Colleague Corban Cold Lundborg for being selected to represent the Air Force Reserve in this years Department Of Defense annual Futures Magazine! He shared his story on how his military experiences led into a life in art.
To visit his website please follow THIS LINK
You can also visit his page on our website HERE
Christopher Sweeney (right) as Langford in Sky Pig at the U.S. Veterans’ Artists Alliance’s New Works Presentation. STEPHEN R. FISCH/USVAA
Helping veterans pursue their Hollywood dreams
A big thank you to Libby Denkmann @libdenk and @kpcc for putting this great article and segment together about the USVAA New Works in honor of Veterans Day 2017. It’s a great piece about an extraordinary show that featured writers Sylvia Ankenman Bowersox, Sydney Hoffner and Andy Wellens, along with USVAA/WGF mentor Timothy Wurtz. Congratulations are in order to each of them for an amazing show, along with everyone who participated including Sam Wolfson who famously thought up the show, writers Sam Ameen, Missy Lee/Melissa Ritz and Brian Hanson.
Also, a huge thank you to the directors, Aimee Morgan, David Fofi, and Carolyn Allport. Congratulations to all of the amazing cast members who made the show possible, including Monique Edwards, Lorna Duyn, Kim Estes, Christopher Sweeney, James James Edward Bane, Gary Cole, Stoney Westmoreland, Stephanie Maura Sanchez, Mark Valley and so many others.
Another round of thank yous to the phenomenal USVAA staff, Anita J. Lee, Parisa Morid, Emil Petrinic and Stephen Fisch. The show wouldn’t have been possible without your professionalism every step of the way. Last but not least a huge thank you to everyone at Sony, including Ruben Carlos Rocha with the EBRG, The Actors’ Gang’s Cihan Sahin, and Christopher Kartje and everyone at The Writers Guild Foundation.
Please click the photo above or follow THIS LINK for the full article.
USVAA and Phi Beta Kappa representatives at the Phi Beta Kappa Arts & Sciences City of Distinction awards, October 17, 2017. Photo by Kyle Espeleta.
Moderated by our Colleague Christopher Sweeney and our Executive Director, Keith Jeffreys.
Christopher Sweeney was our Featured Colleague for June 2017 – read our interview with him HERE.
Field & Stream® Introduces Trevor Denham-Designed T-Shirt, The First of a Series in Support of USVAA
USVAA is extraordinarily proud to announce that Field & Stream, a specialty outdoor retailer and product brand owned and operated by DICK’S Sporting Goods, has introduced a series of t-shirts that display artwork designed by talented veterans starting with Trevor Denham (USMC). To further support veterans, and the passion and pride they exemplify for our country, Field & Stream will be donating 5% of the proceeds of the sale of the shirts directly to USVAA in support of our mission.
Above is one of the four designs currently on sale at more than 25 Field & Stream stores across the country and FieldandStreamShop.com
On behalf of everyone at USVAA we would like to thank the entire Field & Stream team for creating this opportunity for our colleagues. We look forward to introducing more veteran designed T-Shirts highlighting the importance of outdoor activities and the talent level of veterans working in the creative economy.
USVAA FEATURED ON PBS’ LAART PROGRAM
From honoring contributions, to supporting artistic endeavors to advocating for the concerns of our veterans and their families the United States Veterans Artists Alliance takes a creative approach to working with those who have given so much.
Dan Lauria Joins Annette Bening in IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER at the Douglas
Lexikat Artists, in association with Chapman University, presents Annette Bening, Dan Lauria and Ken Jenkins (replacing the previously announced James Caan) along with a cast including Kate Mansi (2017 Daytime Emmy winner), in a one-night only performance of the play IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER, on Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30pm at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, CA.
The play is a moving, dramatic reading of real wartime letters by soldiers, Marines, sailors, and airmen, as well as their family members at home.
If All the Sky Were Paper is a powerful, humorous and unforgettable play about one man’s search around the world for the “most extraordinary letters ever written,” and is based entirely on real life war letters-letters written by soldiers and their loved ones during wars from the American Revolutionary War to present emails from Afghanistan.
Please click HERE to read more at Broadway World.